EFM Industry Debates

The EFM Industry Debates provide a unique opportunity during the European Film Market to discuss current issues relevant to the international film industry. We bring together top experts from all areas of the entertainment industry to offer their in-depth insights and spark the debates that shape the business.
Admission to the EFM Industry Debates is free of charge for EFM participants with a Market Badge, no pre-registration is needed. Seating is based on availability.

Industry Debates 2017 Panel Topics

Online distribution promises to be the savior of the independent production industry, providing a long-tail global audience for even the most niche art house films and TV productions.
But how does the promise of online distribution match up to the reality? How can independent producers best use the Internet to both finance productions and recoup on their investment? And how can an indie producer or director assess the real value of their films on the global market?

Panelists:
Rene Bastian, cinelytic | Efe Çakarel, MUBI | Benjamin Hauck, TECXIPIO | Ada Solomon, HiFilm Productions
The panel is moderated by Scott Roxborough, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

In cooperation with:

Venue and Time

Gropius Mirror Restaurant
Niederkirchnerstraße, across from the Martin-Gropius-Bau

Friday 10 FEB
4 - 5 pm (one hour debate followed by networking cocktail)

The Arab world is growing significantly as a market and producer of films. But growth has been uneven, with screens and investment increasing in areas like the Gulf but lagging in countries such as Egypt. Meanwhile, Arab producers and directors face creative and commercial challenges as pay-TV and SVOD gain ground. What are the region's prospects? The panel will present fresh data on Arab cinema and discuss how best to navigate a growing but tricky market. The Arab film industry exemplifies how a region can quickly adapt through new impulses from the industry and a changing demand from audiences.

Panelists:
Perihan AbouZeid, Movie Pigs | Lamia Chraibi, La Prod | Mohamed Hefzy, Film Clinic |
Alaa Karkouti, MAD Solutions, Arab Cinema Center | Jacques Kruger, Vox Cinemas
The panel is moderated by Nick Vivarelli, Variety.

In cooperation with:

Venue and Time

Gropius Mirror Restaurant
Niederkirchnerstraße, across from the Martin-Gropius-Bau

Saturday, 11 FEB
4 - 5 pm (one hour debate followed by networking cocktail)

With its new “EFM Horizon” platform, the EFM offers various initiatives focusing on the film industry of the future. “EFM Horizon” sets out to help discover the latest technological developments and forward-looking trends and to take advantage of networks in sectors bordering the audio-visual industry. The panel introduces entrepreneurs with strategies that will shape the future in distribution and marketing of films and potentially attract new audiences. The new Propellor Film Tech Hub, of which EFM is a founding partner, is setting up an incubator programme for the development of new distribution and marketing prototypes, and will present its strategy for 2017 and 2018.

Panelists:
Matthijs Wouter Knol, European Film Market | Johanna Koljonen, Nostradamus Project, Nordic Film Market | Damian Spandley, Curzon Cinemas
The panel is moderated by Wendy Mitchell, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL.

In cooperation with:

Venue and Time

Gropius Mirror Restaurant
Niederkirchnerstraße, across from the Martin-Gropius-Bau

Sunday, 12 FEB
4 - 5 pm (one hour debate followed by networking cocktail)